EDGE Programs

EDGE offers tailored programs designed to develop the skills, networks and expertise you need to launch a new venture and help it grow. Learn more about each of our programs below.


Explore 

You’re curious about making an impact using entrepreneurial approaches. You’re looking for flexible ways to expand your skills and then put them to use right away on projects you care about. You’re keen to explore how you might create a new venture or practice your innovation skills with an existing venture.

Check out Explore if:

 You're a current Sheridan student


 You’re able to commit 20 hours over the next six months to Explore learning activities


 You want to build on what you’re learning at Sheridan and explore new career pathways while you study.


Benefits

Self-paced modules and hands-on remote learning opportunities

Access to post your skills on the EDGEncy job board

Certificate of completion and recognition on your co-curricular record

Opportunity to build your resume and professional portfolio

Network with EDGE’s vibrant impact entrepreneur community

and more!


Leap Startup League 

This unique program is offered as a partnership between EDGE and the University of Toronto Mississauga's ICUBE incubator.

You’re an aspiring social enterprise founder or impact start-up team looking to take the leap on an idea. You’re ready to design the business model to support your social venture, create prototypes and explore sustainable ways this idea might someday pay the bills.

Check out Leap Startup League if:

 You have a basic understanding of social entrepreneurship and changemaking


 You’ve taken steps to develop a specific entrepreneurial idea


 You’re ready to commit a few hours a week to further assess the idea as a career opportunity


Benefits

One-on-one mentorship with industry experts

Access to the resources of two vibrant incubators at one time

Impact-oriented business, branding, and communications training

Financial and legal information sessions

EDGE and ICUBE UTM Belt of Recognition and membership perks

and more!


Rise 

Your social venture is in motion: your product or service is outlined, your impact is clear, you understand your customers' challenges at a deep level and your sights are set on revenue. You may be asking yourself, what’s next?  It’s time to Rise! This 12-month program focuses on high-value, high-intensity support for social venture founders, customized to your venture’s stage of growth. We’ll help you focus so you can create an impactful, profitable and sustainable venture. You’ll have the chance to learn in small groups of diverse and like-minded founders while growing your impact and advancing your ambitious goals.   

Check out Rise if:

 You’re the founder of a registered social enterprise (non-profit, for-profit, or co-op) and you’re ready to achieve a big vision 


 Your product or service is ready to sell or already generating sales revenue (If you’re at the idea stage, check out our Leap Startup League)  


 You have defined objectives grounded in the social or environmental impact you want to create


Benefits

Individualized coaching focused on people, planet and profit valued at $6,000    

Support from seasoned mentors who collaborate to ensure your venture’s success.    

Practical problem-solving support and introductions to key networks

Help to drive customer leads for your venture using proven digital marketing strategies

Access to a dynamic cohort of fellow impact entrepreneurs at similar stages of growth 

and more! 


Co-op on the EDGE 

You’re ready to build a social venture or freelance gig during your co-op term. You have a solid venture idea or freelance skills and may be working with a team. You’re interested in a unique, hands-on experience that will build your entrepreneurial thinking and leadership skills.

Check out Co-op on the EDGE if:

 You’re a current Sheridan student who is co-op eligible


 You have an idea that you’re interested in turning it into a venture or skills you would like to offer on a freelance basis


 You’d like to expand your entrepreneurial mindset


 You want to immerse yourself in the startup world


Benefits

Tailored bootcamp sessions

Access to EDGE and external partner workshops

Group and 1:1 mentoring

Access to the EDGE workspace

and more!

Social Impact Catalyst 

The EDGE Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch seeks changemakers aged 15-29 whose project or ventures tackle climate change and environmental sustainability. This program has been made possible with the generous support of RBC Future Launch, a proud partner of Sheridan and EDGE.

Check out Social Impact Catalyst if:

 You're an aspiring youth entrepreneur or changemaker in Peel and Halton region

 You have an idea, project or venture that seeks to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability.

 You want to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability.

Benefits

$2,000 Honorarium

Virtual community and networking opportunities

Group and 1:1 mentoring

Promotion of your venture

and more!